March 2012 Newsletter

To Have and To Hold is Available

I have it up on Amazon and Smashwords.  Smashwords is still running it through its system to check if it’s ready for distribution on Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Diesel, and Kobo.  

Before you read To Have and To Hold, I think it’s important to warn you that it builds heavily on Eye of the Beholder.  Mary loses her memory, and in regaining her memories, there are flashbacks and recollections from Eye of the Beholder.  It’s my understanding that some people don’t like this and think it’s too much like Eye of the Beholder.  That wasn’t my intention, but I can see why some people would be turned off from this book.  I guess it depends on your taste.  My intention in Eye of the Beholder was to compare the beauty on the surface to the beauty of the inward person.  In To Have and To Hold, I wanted to get Mary to the point where she could finally stand up for herself, but I didn’t see her ever being able to do that unless she lost her memory and got to go back to Maine to see her family. 

I’ll let you decide if you want to read this book or not.  😀 

If you do, here are the links:

Amazon Kindle

Smashwords 

Forever Yours 

I do plan to write a third Dave and Mary book, but this one will not build on Eye of the Beholder or To Have and To Hold because no one will lose their memory.  In Forever Yours, Dave’s going to sustain an injury after falling off his horse.  I’m thinking it’ll be a knee sprain.  So he’ll be unable to do his usual chores around the farm, and the family will have to hire a farm hand to help out.  During this time, I expect Dave to go through a lot of self-doubts.  Considering he’s never had any self-doubts before, there’s no need to build on the other two books.  As a side note, I don’t expect to write any more books featuring Dave and Mary. 

I’m not sure if this will be published in 2012 or 2013.  I have started it to keep Dave and Mary fresh in my mind since I just finished To Have and To Hold, but I have other projects that are requiring my full attention at the moment.

Project #1: An Inconvenient Wife

I decided to shorten the title.  It used to be The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife.  I also updated the series title to the Wedded Earls Series. While I was changing the title, I also changed the cover. 

I am about 60% done with the first draft.  After I get it edited and proofread, I hope to have it published at the end of April.   I’ll see if I can get a description up for next month’s newsletter.  The one I have won’t work because the characters decided to change one of my plot points.

While I was changing the title of  the first book, I changed the title of book 2 in this series from The Earl’s Hasty Marriage to The Marriage Agreement, and I got a new cover for that, too.

And then I finally got the title and cover for book 3, which should complete the series.

I’ll give more information about the books in this series in future newsletters as I work on them.

Project #2: Her Heart’s Desire

I’m about 60% done with this book as well.  My hope is to have this one out in May but no later than June.   This is Sally Larson’s romance, so this book will take us back to before A Bride for Tom.

Here’s the description:

Sometimes men don’t realize the right woman is the one they aren’t pursuing…

As soon as Sally Larson meets Rick Johnson, she knows he’s the one for her.  The catch?  He’s interested in her friend.  But she has a plan.  With the help of a couple others, she manages to convince Rick that if he wants to attract her friend, then he must make her friend jealous by pretending to be interested in her.

Between the scheming and getting him to spend time at her parents’ farm, Sally might discover that Rick has a trick or two up his sleeve as well.  If she’s not careful, she might find that the one playing the cat just might be the mouse.

Project #3: Bound by Honor, Bound by Love

I hope to have this one out by July.  I’m about 30% of the way done.

A Note About the Nebraska Books:

I really should never have labeled the Nebraska Books as a “series”.  While the books focus on the same characters in the same world, they don’t have to be read in order.  Each book can stand alone.  I have plans to have at least 30 Nebraska books out before I’m done writing them, and I’ll be writing them out of order.

For example, Richard Larson (the oldest child) will get his romance, and that will be the official book 1, but see, I haven’t written it yet and won’t get around ot writing it until next year at the soonest.  Another example, I have a plot line in mind for a book that will probably fit one of Tom and Jessica Larson’s daughters, and I’d like to write it next year.  And that one will be before Isaac’s Deicsion takes place.  It’s not an easy matter of writing these in order because each character seems to have a particular plot they’re best suited for, depending on their personalities.  Part of the fun of writing is letting the characters take control.  😀

So just read the Nebraska book that most appeals to you and disregard any that don’t.

I’ve rambled on long enough.  I’ll end this newsletter here.  🙂

Hope everyone has a great March!

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to www.ruthannnordin.com or check out http://ruthannnordinauthorblog.wordpress.com.
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